Rental Housing In Nebraska

Nebraska Rental Overview

The population of Nebraska, according to the 2010 Census, is 1,826,341. The total number of households in the state is 721,130. The average household size for Nebraska is 2.39. The total number of renter households in the state is 236,400 which means that 32.78% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Nebraska is ranked 19th in percentage of renters. District Of Columbia is ranked first with 57.99% and West Virginia ranks last with only 26.55%.

According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the median rent paid among all renter households and housing types and sizes in Nebraska is $704 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Nebraska ranks 42nd for the highest median rent. Hawaii ranks first at $1,387 and West Virginia ranks last at $618. Though rents are set more locally, statewide median rents provide a basic outlook of housing costs for each state.

The number of vacant rental units in Nebraska is 15,636 representing a vacancy rate of 6.4%. Among all U.S. states, Nebraska ranks 15th for the lowest vacancy rates. New York ranks first with a vacancy rate of 4.5% and South Carolina ranks last with a vacancy rate of 12.9%. As lower vacancy rates are an indication of a healthier rental housing portfolio, Nebraska’s rental housing portfolio is performing above the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 160 6,029
Section 202 50 1,671
Section 811 24 256
Section 515 204 3,142
RDRA 175 2,382
LIHTC 347 9,451
Senior 140 3,403
Public Housing 16 1,090
Section 8 Voucher 106 12,674
Total 691 19,619
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

‡This program is not project based, instead Housing Authorities provide vouchers to individual renters. In the state of Nebraska there are 106 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Nebraska is 28.40. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Omaha at 5,100 units and the smallest is Loup City at 4 unit(s). 140 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 3,403 units. Of the 19,619 units, 2,365 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Affordable Housing by Counties in Nebraska ranked by federally assisted units

There are 75 counties or county equivalents in Nebraska. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Douglas County at 517,110 and the smallest is Deuel County at 1,941. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Dawes County at 39.93% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Cedar County at 18.99%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Nebraska ranges from a low of 8 units per 1,000 renter households in Stanton County to a high of 371.8 units per 1,000 renter households in Keith County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Nebraska is 112 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Nebraska. All major affordable housing programs are provided on a county by county basis. Click on the name of the county to see a more in depth summary of affordable housing in that county.

CountyTotal Units
Douglas County 5,250
Lancaster County 2,442
Sarpy County 1,368
Hall County 857
Adams County 757
Buffalo County 731
Madison County 721
Lincoln County 478
Dakota County 471
Gage County 408
Platte County 402
Scotts Bluff County 402
Seward County 298
Dawson County 288
Dodge County 283
Cheyenne County 223
Saunders County 220
Washington County 218
Red Willow County 199
Nemaha County 169
Keith County 165
Dawes County 151
Phelps County 139
Cass County 138
Holt County 130
Knox County 128
Otoe County 127
Burt County 124
Saline County 116
Box Butte County 114
Wayne County 106
Richardson County 105
Merrick County 104
Cuming County 101
Custer County 97
Furnas County 96
Polk County 87
York County 87
Colfax County 82
Johnson County 81
Clay County 78
Hamilton County 76
Dixon County 65
Jefferson County 64
Thurston County 63
Howard County 62
Nuckolls County 53
Cherry County 48
Butler County 48
Boone County 44
Fillmore County 42
Thayer County 40
Pierce County 38
Antelope County 38
Sheridan County 32
Nance County 32
Cedar County 32
Chase County 30
Hitchcock County 30
Brown County 30
Harlan County 24
Kimball County 24
Franklin County 24
Morrill County 22
Sherman County 14
Garden County 13
Frontier County 12
Garfield County 9
Valley County 8
Boyd County 8
Gosper County 8
Perkins County 6
Deuel County 4
Pawnee County 4
Stanton County 4

Affordable Housing by City in Nebraska ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 180 cities in Nebraska that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 1,826,341, Oneill has the largest population of these cities. There are 3 Federally assisted housing communities in Oneill which are home to about 40 families, most of which are lower income families.

The table below provides a summary of all Federally assisted housing communities by city in Nebraska. All the major affordable housing funding program breakdowns are provided. Click on the city name to get a full affordable rental housing report for each city in Nebraska.

CityTotal Units
Omaha 5,100
Lincoln 2,375
Grand Island 829
Kearney 719
Hastings 716
Norfolk 693
Bellevue 655
North Platte 478
South Sioux City 471
Papillion 442
Columbus 402
Beatrice 388
Fremont 227
Sidney 219
Seward 217
Gering 207
Blair 172
Scottsbluff 171
Lexington 159
La Vista 154
Ogallala 145
Auburn 137
Wahoo 136
Mccook 135
Chadron 133
York 133
Holdrege 123
Plattsmouth 115
Alliance 98
Valley 88
Wayne 88
Gretna 87
Nebraska City 87
Crete 84
Gothenburg 80
Ashland 76
Bloomfield 74
Milford 73
Central City 72
Mc Cook 64
Falls City 63
Broken Bow 62
Aurora 57
Fairbury 56
Cozad 56
Schuyler 56
Osceola 55
Tecumseh 54
Superior 53
Decatur 52
O 52
West Point 50
Waverly 49
Crofton 48
Valentine 48
Sutton 46
Hasting 41
Oneill 40
Bennington 40
Hebron 40
Macy 36
Syracuse 34
Oakland 34
Fullerton 32
Callaway 32
Beaver City 32
Arapahoe 32
Cambridge 32
Harvard 32
Peru 32
Albion 32
Wisner 31
Wakefield 31
Ainsworth 30
David City 28
Geneva 28
Wilber 28
Springfield 28
Madison 28
Arlington 26
Kimball 24
Franklin 24
Mitchell 24
Imperial 24
Waterloo 24
Polk 24
Louisville 23
Bridgeport 22
Ponca 22
Humboldt 22
Silver Creek 20
Atkinson 20
Uehling 20
Fort Calhoun 20
Rushville 20
Tekamah 20
Hordville 19
Lyons 18
Neligh 18
Crawford 18
Trenton 17
Hartington 16
Leigh 16
North Bend 16
Hemingford 16
Wymore 16
Allen 16
Doniphan 16
Laurel 16
Walthill 16
Pender 15
Arnold 15
Pierce 14
Orleans 14
Oshkosh 13
Beemer 12
Elm Creek 12
Winnebago 12
Osmond 12
Curtis 12
Cook 12
Gordon 12
Paxton 12
Plainview 12
Wood River 12
Dodge 12
Sterling 11
Hickman 10
Stuart 10
Alma 10
Howells 10
Litchfield 10
Burwell 9
Culbertson 9
Brule 8
Butte 8
Overton 8
Shelby 8
Saint Paul 8
Loomis 8
Carroll 8
Ewing 8
St Edward 8
Exeter 8
Brainard 8
Utica 8
Valparaiso 8
Plymouth 8
Elwood 8
Bertrand 8
Scribner 8
Arcadia 8
Bancroft 8
Dannebrog 8
Firth 8
Tilden 8
Elgin 8
Grant 6
Newcastle 6
Unadilla 6
Verdigre 6
Wauneta 6
Milligan 6
Palmer 6
Clarks 6
Orchard 4
Pilger 4
Clatonia 4
Cedar Rapids 4
Lodgepole 4
Elk Creek 4
Elba 4
Rising City 4
Dwight 4
Loup City 4
Big Springs 4
Palisade 4
Bellwood 4
De Witt 4
Table Rock 4

Housing Authorities in Nebraska ranked by assisted units and vouchers

Housing authorities are governmental (or quasi-governmental) entities that manage various Federal housing assistance programs on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These programs include Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and other programs.

There are 106 housing authorities in Nebraska. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 106 housing authorities, 15.1% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Nebraska by total housing assistance units managed is Omaha Housing Authority with 7,439 public housing units under management (2,708 public housing units and 4,731 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Nebraska and includes each housing authorities public housing and Section 8 voucher count. Click on the housing authority name to get more details on the housing authority.

NamePublic Housing UnitsSection 8 Vouchers
Omaha Housing Authority 2,708 4,731
Lincoln Housing Authority 320 3,016
Douglas County Housing Authority 78 1,083
Hall County Housing Authority 391 481
Scotts Bluff County Housing Authority 162 410
Hastings Housing Authority - 477
Fremont Housing Authority 247 157
Bellevue Housing Authority 50 275
South Sioux City Housing Agency - 294
Norfolk Housing Agency - 254
North Platte Housing Authority 250 -
Alliance Housing Authority 59 187
West Central Nebraska Joint Housing Authority - 215
Beatrice Housing Authority - 204
Lexington Housing Authority 81 122
Kearney Housing Authority 54 133
Columbus Housing Authority 84 100
York Housing Authority 75 99
Goldenrod Regional Housing Agency - 137
Ord Housing Authority 115 -
McCook Housing Authority 30 77
Blair Housing Authority 100 -
Cozad Housing Authority 40 59
Gothenburg Housing Authority 68 25
Broken Bow Housing Authority 85 -
Falls City Housing Authority 81 -
Nebraska City Housing Authority 75 -
Central Nebraska Jt Housing Authority - 73
Crete Housing Authority 40 25
Burwell Housing Authority 64 -
Fairbury Housing Authority 60 -
Plattsmouth Housing Authority 60 -
Pawnee City Housing Authority 59 -
Schuyler Housing Authority 58 -
David City Housing Authority 54 -
Red Cloud Housing Authority 49 -
Auburn Housing Authority 49 -
Benkelman Housing Authority 40 -
Albion Housing Authority 40 -
St. Paul Housing Authority 40 -
Gibbon Housing Authority 40 -
Chadron Housing Authority - 40
Blue Hill Housing Authority 39 -
Aurora Housing Authority 38 -
Stromsburg Housing Authority 35 -
Wayne Housing Authority 35 -
Loup City Housing Authority 34 -
Neligh Housing Authority 34 -
Creighton Housing Authority 33 -
Ainsworth Housing Authority 30 -
Deshler Housing Authority 30 -
Wilber Housing Authority 30 -
Chappell Housing Authority 30 -
Humboldt Housing Authority 29 -
Stanton Housing Authority 29 -
Minden Housing Authority 28 -
Friend Housing Authority 28 -
Wymore Housing Authority 26 -
Clay Center Housing Authority 26 -
Tekamah Housing Authority 26 -
Hooper Housing Authority 25 -
Gordon Housing Authority 25 -
Coleridge Housing Authority 24 -
Tecumseh Housing Authority 24 -
Clarkson Housing Authority 23 -
Indianola Housing Authority 23 -
Curtis Housing Authority 23 -
Syracuse Housing Authority 22 -
Oakland Housing Authority 22 -
Harvard Housing Authority 21 -
Grant Housing Authority 20 -
Imperial Housing Authority 20 -
Edgar Housing Authority 20 -
Henderson Housing Authority 20 -
Sargent Housing Authority 20 -
Oxford Housing Authority 20 -
Bassett Housing Authority 20 -
Emerson Housing Authority 20 -
Bayard Housing Authority 20 -
Wood River Housing Authority 20 -
Genoa Housing Authority 20 -
Sutherland Housing Authority 20 -
Ansley Housing Authority 20 -
North Loup Housing Authority 20 -
Shelton Housing Authority 19 -
Weeping Water Housing Authority 19 -
Ravenna Housing Authority 19 -
Fairmont Housing Authority 18 -
Tilden Housing Authority 18 -
Oshkosh Housing Authority 18 -
Niobrara Housing Authority 18 -
Beemer Housing Authority 18 -
Cairo Housing Authority 18 -
Newman Grove Housing Authority 17 -
Hay Springs Housing Authority 17 -
Cambridge Housing Authority 17 -
Lyons Housing Authority 17 -
Bridgeport Housing Authority 17 -
Alma Housing Authority 16 -
Verdigre Housing Authority 16 -
Nelson Housing Authority 16 -
St. Edward Housing Authority 15 -
Hemingford Housing Authority 15 -
Greeley Housing Authority 14 -
Gresham Housing Authority 12 -
Lynch Housing Authority 10 -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Nebraska has a total of 691 rental properties that receive at least one form of Federal housing assistance and are at least partially reserved for low income persons. These properties contain an estimated 19,619 rental housing units. (Note: Some of the Federal source data we use does not include total unit count for a property -- most notably the LIHTC database -- so the number of units listed here may be less than the actual.)

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program is the largest assistance program by unit count. The program assists 9,451 in Nebraska. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Nebraska.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view

1,826,341

Population

2.39

Average Household Size

522,258

Total Renters

236,400

Renter Households

$694

Median Rent

$2,030,298,000/year

Gross Rent Paid By All Renters

16,268

Vacant Units For Rent

6.4%

Vacancy Rate

19,619

Federally Assisted Units

691

Federally Assisted Projects

347/9,451

Tax Credit Projects/Units

160/6,029

Project Based Section 8 Projects/Units

204/3,142

Section 515 Projects/Units

50/1,671

Section 202 Projects/Units

24/256

Section 811 Projects/Units

175/2,382

RD Rental Assisted Projects/Units

140/3,403

Senior Projects/Units

2,365

Units with Project Based Rent Subsidy

28.4

Average Units Per Property